Sailing in comfort we begin this 12 night, 13 day expedition at the tip of South America onboard Antarctica’s mobile wilderness/adventure lodge. We chart a course through the Drake Passage and might make landfall in the South Shetland Islands prior to reaching the Antarctic Peninsula. When we arrive at the Antarctic Peninsula, be prepared to be dazzled. Even our experienced staff members many of whom have visited the southern region a hundred times or more are still astonished by its pristine beauty. The abundance of wildlife is truly extraordinary including five seal species, massive penguin rookeries of gentoo, adélie and chinstrap as well as a profusion of seabirds from albatross to skuas. It is nature you will experience up close and personal on frequent specialized excursions inland and on water.
Our journey will take us south of the Lemaire Channel to the Northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, or reverse depending on ice and weather conditions. Our goal is to enter Antarctic waters prepared to undertake extraordinary outdoor pursuits that will excite, awe and inspire people who revel in the outdoors. For those enrolled in our traditional sea kayaking program, there will be an optional opportunity to participate in an overnight sea kayak camping excursion led by our kayak guides. For others interested in camping but not of the small boat variety, we endeavour to camp on the ice amidst the Polar landscape sometime in the coming days. Ideal weather and just the right campsite make this experience a life changing memory.
There are numerous areas within the peninsula and surrounding archipelago that offer extraordinary climbing and ski touring opportunities. Experienced skiers with ski touring experience will climb up into the beauty and remote wilderness of Antarctica as they approach their chosen stream of decent led by our ski touring guides.
We also offer a more gradual approach for people interested in hiking and snowshoeing on this voyage. There are a handful of preferred landing sites where we enjoy these activities, which allow us to appreciate varied terrain amidst Antarctic snow pack. Our hiking options range depending on the landing sites we visit. Remember it is your choice whether to be the contemplative wanderer amidst the rocky shore, or the long distance hiker to the outer limits. Just let us know. For keen photographers interested in field photography of either adventure pursuits or landscape, join our expedition team and special photographers in residence for an extended shore excursion aimed at capturing these subjects with a remarkable backdrop. It is our priority to combine preferable weather conditions with all of our outdoor pursuits to achieve both awe-inspiring outdoor experiences, paired with outdoor education and learned information on Antarctica and its protected environment.
As with all of our One Ocean Expeditions voyages, safety is our top priority. For that reason weather, ice or other conditions may require us to change our itinerary and shore excursions as we go but that is half the fun of Polar exploration. Predictability is a word that has no relevance in this environment.
Ocean One Navigator / Akademik Ioffe is a modern, comfortable, safe and ice-strengthened vessel designed for polar research.
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